How to Calculate ASVAB GT Score

by Grant D. McKenzie
Armed Services use ASVAB score to determine career aptitude

Armed Services use ASVAB score to determine career aptitude

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) contains nine subtests. When you take the ASVAB, you do not receive an "ASVAB score." Instead, you receive a series of scores calculated from these subtest scores. All branches of the armed services use the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, which is a combination of three of the nine subtests. Each branch also uses its own scores to determine career aptitude. One of the scores these composite scores, for example, is the General Technical (GT) score in the Army and Marine Corps.

Locate the scores for the Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Word Knowledge (WK), and Paragraph Comprehension (PC) subtest scores on your score report. If you are calculating the Marine Corps GT score, you will also need the Mechanical Comprehension (MC) score. Example: AR = 47 WK = 66 PC = 62 MC = 59

Determine your Verbal Expression (VE) score. Add the WK and PC scores and then multiply the result by two. VE = 2(PC + WK) VE = 2(62 + 66) VE = 256

Add the VE score to the AR score to get the Army GT score. For the Marine Corps GT score, you must also add the MC score. GT = VE + AR GT = 256 + 47 GT = 303 (Army) GT = 303 + MC GT = 303 + 59 GT = 362 (Marine Corps)

Items you will need

  • ASVAB subtest score report

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